Study: 25% of Men Travel With Teddy Bears

Last week I wrote a special post about Teddy Bears (Ode to the Teddy Bear). As it happened, the blog posted on National Teddy Bear Day. I had no idea there was such a day, and the timing of my post was purely accidental.

Or was it? Perhaps synchronicity was at play.

Regardless, I was so thrilled to know that there was such a day to honor our beloved Bears that I decided we should celebrate them ALL MONTH LONG. And so, I hereby declare September to be National Teddy Bear Month.

To continue the celebration, I decided to repost one of my favorite (and yours) blogs from last year. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it.

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Photo Courtesy of Google Images

In 2010, CNN reported that the British hotel chain Travelodge did a study and determined that 25% of men take teddy bears on the road with them when they travel for business. Wow, I thought, and how many more actually sleep with them every night but are just too embarrassed to travel with one?

When I read the survey, I shared this information with my husband, who promptly asked how that information was obtained. “Did they have the housekeepers search the rooms of their guests??”

“I don’t know, the article didn’t say,” I said. “Why do you ask?”

“I was just wondering if men actually display them on their beds, or if they hide them in their suitcases and only take them out at night?”

I grinned.  This survey information really seemed to upset him. “I don’t know,” I said. “But you might want to take that lock for your suitcase next time.  Just in case, I mean.”

He nodded thoughtfully. And that was the end of the conversation. At least until recently. Earlier this year I informed him that I was going to start my own website, complete with a blog. And like a typical man, he asked “why?” I looked at him with that look that we wives give our husbands when they say stupid stuff like that to us, and calmly explained my ideas and my vision.

And then I thought about how I could use my website to embarrass him and make him pay for asking the “why” question. And then it hit me. I would write an article about the men who travel with their teddy bears, and tell the world that he is one of them! So there it is folks. And its name is BB, which used to stand for Blue Boy, but since my sister re-stuffed him a couple of years back, he has been renamed Buff Body.

Photo by Suzanne Whitfield Vince

Photo by Suzanne Whitfield Vince

I knew there would be repercussions for exposing this information about him because he is an Officer in the Military (God bless our soldiers), and he would never want any of the “guys” to know he sleeps with a snuggly, but I decided it would be worth the risk. Besides, as long as none of his shipmates, as he sometimes calls them, read this blog, his secret will be safe.

And then, being the kind, loving and supportive guy that my husband is, he smiled and said “That’s great honey, but first of all, you know that is a heinous lie, and second, if you dare tell such a grievous lie in your blog, you might just find Timmy missing one of these days.”

*Gasps*

Timmy. Photo by Suzanne Whitfield Vince

Timmy. Photo by Suzanne Whitfield Vince

“You wouldn’t!  Not Timmy!” I admit to having more than a few stuffed animals, and Timmy is the most special one.  My mother made him and since she passed away 12 years ago, every time I miss her, I just give him a squeeze and can I feel her love.

My love for stuffed animals started at a young age.

My love for stuffed animals started at a young age.

Timmy is so well loved that he looks like I’ve had him since I was 8 instead of 28.  But I’m not embarrassed to tell you this because I am, after all, a chick.  And it’s cool for chicks to have stuffed animals. Guys? Not so much.

But I decided I just couldn’t take a chance on anything happening to Timmy, so here it is folks, I made the whole story up (except the part about the actually survey, that part is true).  It was all a cruel lie (but fun, don’t you think?). BB does in fact belong to our daughter. But don’t worry folks, Timmy has been removed to a secure location, just in case.

What do you think about men who sleep with teddy bears? I want to know!

 

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It Takes a Tribe (to Publish a Book)

To write a book is a solitary endeavor. It must be so. Sure, writers have sources that help fine-tune their work, but it is the writer—and her alone—who must write the words.

But writing a book, if it is to be published (and really, what purpose does a book serve if not shared with the world?), is just the first step in a daunting and seemingly never-ending process that must happen before your book is delivered into the hands of readers.

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The first step in the process is deciding whether to try the traditional publishing route (in which approximately 2-3 out of every 10,000 manuscripts will be accepted and will deliver royalties in the neighborhood of 7.5% per paperback book sold and 20% for every ebook), or self-publish (which provides for royalties of up to 70%).

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For a number of reasons, I chose the self-publishing route, and suddenly a long list of tasks and decisions lay before me. I sat down to list them all out and realized I had no idea where to begin. My head began to spin, and after hours of wracking my brain, I ended up with a To Do list that looked something like this:

To Do List

Because I’d joined my local chapter of Romance Writers of America, I had a fabulous critique partner, but I knew I would need beta readers, an editor, and a cover artist. I would need reviewers, a manuscript converter, and a whole host of things I probably hadn’t thought of. Oh yeah, and a social platform.

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I’m an introvert by nature, and you want me to go out into cyberspace to promote myself and pimp my work? Eeww, no way! That just feels…wrong. And scary. And so not like me.

To say that I felt alone and overwhelmed is an understatement. So much so that I actually shelved the idea of publishing my first book and wrote another one. And then another.

And then over dinner one night with my critique partner, Patricia Rickrode (writing as Jansen Schmidt), we began to talk about publishing. I lamented, “I know I want to self-publish, but it takes a bloody village to produce a book. And I have no idea where to start.”

“Then join the Tribe,” Patricia said. “That’s how I got started blogging and doing social media.”

I blinked. Twice. “The Tribe?”

“Yeah, the WANA Tribe,” Patricia said.

WANA stands for We Are Not Alone.  The WANA Tribe’s motto is:

Creativity cannot thrive on its own. Genius needs help, support, and love. Your family doesn’t get you? They no longer have to. WE TOTALLY GET YOU!

A motto that still brings tears to my eyes! Finally, someone who gets me. ME!

“But what is WANA Tribe, exactly?” you might be asking.

Founded by WANA Mama Kristen Lamb, who has devoted her career to helping writers, WANA is a group of creatives sharing their knowledge and experience to help other creatives like you (and me). A “tribe” is a group, designed to discuss a specific topic. Here are just a few examples of current (active) tribes:

Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy
Christian Writers
YA Writers
Self-Publishers
Scrivener Users Unite!
Writing While Parenting
Social Marketing
Time Travelers

Additionally, WANA offers a host of classes, many of which I’ve taken. With instructors like Kristen Lamb, Marcy Kennedy and Lisa Hall-Wilson (just to name a few) I’m the proud owner of a blog (obviously, you’re reading it), an author Twitter account (which I actually know how to use now—thank you Marcy!) and a Facebook Author Page.

Through my fellow WANA’s I’ve found an editor, a cover artist, and someone to convert my manuscript to print and ebook formats (I figured out how to upload the files onto Amazon all by myself—YAY me!). And I found a tech guy who understands that I am a true technophobe and takes care of all my website maintenance—Jay Donovan (find him at www.techsurgeons.com).

So thank you, Kristen Lamb, you’re more than just our WANA Mama. You’re a mentor, a friend, and a true blessing to writers everywhere.

And thank you, Patricia Rickrode, for telling me about the Tribe.

To join WANA Tribe (membership is FREE!), CLICK HERE. Use #mywana to share your writing-related tweets.

For more about Kristen Lamb, and to read her informational motivational blog, CLICK HERE.

What about you? If you’re a self-published author, who has helped you in your journey to publication? Do you have any resources for others you’d like to share?

If you don’t write but love to read, was it surprising to learn about all the things indie authors have to manage in order to deliver their book to you?

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Dream BIG or Dream small, Just Dream!

Our brain batter of art, culture, science, philosophy, spirituality, and humorris designed to open your mind, challenge your friends, and feel damn good. Soulpancake

It’s Friday, and I’m serving up a little soul food. That is, food for your soul.

We all have goals and dreams, but sometimes we’re too shy or too embarrassed to speak them aloud.

In this short video, SoulPancake takes to the street and asks the question: What is your dream?

What about you? What dream do you have for your future?

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Dear Reader: How to Help Your Favorite Author

Without words, without writing and without books, there would be no history, there could be no concept of humanity. Hermann Hesse

Dear Reader The-Girl-Reading-Book-Wallpaper

When I was a girl, I would curl up anywhere I could find a quiet spot (not easy to do with seven siblings) and flip through the pages of the latest Nancy Drew novel. Later, my mother introduced me to Danielle Steel and I tore through each new book with the anticipation of Christmas. And I’d feel the same letdown when I finished as I would on Christmas morning after all the gifts were opened and the anticipation was over.

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When I finished, I would call my friends and tell them about the book. If they were a good enough friend, I might even lend it to them.

Things were simpler in those days. In many ways. Not the least of which was being an author.

Back then, if an author was lucky enough to secure a contract with a major publishing house, their careers were made. They would write the book, send it to their publisher, and collect a fat advance check, then sit back and wait for the royalties to pour in while the publishing house handled the author’s publicity tours (which usually included book signings in major booksellers across the country).

Today, whether an author is traditionally or independently published (ie an “indie author”), we are tasked with sole responsibility to market our books and ourselves.

Dear Reader Space Suit

For first time novelists like myself, this can be a daunting task. And for introverts (like me), it can be an even scarier prospect. But if we are to succeed, we must step bravely into cyber space and invite new friends, like you, to read our work. And ask you to share it with your friends.

“But wait,” you say, “nobody uses an actual telephone anymore, so how do I spread the word?”

I’m glad you asked.

Dear Reader Girl with Iphone

It’s true, the medium by which we share information has certainly changed since I was a girl. This is the good news for authors and readers today. It allows us to connect with each other in ways we never could’ve imagined five years ago when I was a kid. Okay, twenty five years ago (or so).

Anyway, here are three ways that you can help:

Reviews Sell Books:
It’s true. They really do. When you read a book you love, write a review (on Amazon, Goodreads, or any other forum for book reviews). It doesn’t have to be a long one. “Dear Author, loved your book!” would suffice.

Tell Your Tweeps:
Shout it out on Social Media. Authors are happy to provide their Twitter handles (mine is @SuzanneWVince). Tell the universe about the great book you’ve just read. And Retweet (or Share on Facebook) when one of your friends shouts out.

Share the Love:
When you read a blog posting (like this one) that you enjoy, click the little share buttons at the bottom and spread the word to all your Facebook Friends or Twitter Peeps.

So go ahead, tell the world (and me) about the last great book you read! I’ll even start. The last amazing book I read was CHASING KATE, by Kelly Byrne.

Okay, your turn!

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Ode to the Teddy Bear

New Teddy. Photo by Suzanne Vince.

New Teddy. Photo by Suzanne Vince.

While I was home recovering from surgery recently, I received a gift from my sister. It was a teddy bear. But not just any old teddy bear. This was a Vermont Teddy Bear. The Vermont Teddy Bear comes with a lifetime guarantee:

If anything should ever happen to your Bear, even if the family dog decides to make it his favorite toy, just send it back to us here at the Factory and we will nurse him or her back to health in our Bear Hospital at no charge. Talk about a great health care plan! If by chance your Bear was too badly injured with no hope of recovery, we will replace your Bear with a new one for FREE!

Finally, a teddy bear company truly understands the special place that a teddy bear holds in the hearts of kids everywhere. Even big kids. Like me.

Winnie the Pooh (and Piglet) and the books my sister used to read us. Photo by Suzanne Vince

Winnie the Pooh (and Piglet) and the books my sister used to read us. Photo by Suzanne Vince

I’m not sure where my love for teddy bears came from. When I was young, my oldest sister Nancy used to read Winnie the Pooh books to the three youngest girls in my family. We each had our own character (I was Piglet, the littlest one) and we’d speak in our little voices when reading our parts. Perhaps it started then.

Photo by Suzanne Vince

Photo by Suzanne Vince

Or maybe it was when my mother began making stuffed animals. She’d start with a few balls of yarn and a bag of stuffing, and she’d beam with pride every time she finished one.

Timmy. Photo by Suzanne Vince.

Timmy. Photo by Suzanne Vince.

I named the first one she made Timmy. And to this day, he is my most cherished possession. When I squeeze him, I can feel my mother’s love.

My love for stuffed animals started at a young age.

My love for stuffed animals started at a young age.

Or maybe it’s just something I was born with. My husband even tells me I was a Puppeteer in a previous life. Though I’m no ventriloquist, I have the ability to make people laugh even when they’re angry (especially then). Every night before bed when my daughter was little, I’d send her into fits of laughter just by bringing her stuffed animals to life.

“But…you’re all grown up now, Suzanne,” you might be thinking. “It’s time to put away such childish notions.”

A barrel of (sock) monkeys. Photo by Suzanne Whitfield Vince

A barrel of (sock) monkeys. Photo by Suzanne Whitfield Vince

Um, no. My love for Teddy Bears (I also love sock monkeys) is simply a part of me. One of the best parts. It’s the playful side of me that everyone should have. It’s what keeps us young at heart. It keeps us from taking ourselves (and life) too seriously. Without teddy bears, life would be lonely.

And apparently I’m not the only one who feels this way:

Ode to Teddy Man and Teddy

Photo via Google images.

This man is offering a $500 reward for the loss of his 47 year-old bear. To read the story, CLICK HERE

Image via teddybearlife.com

Image via teddybearlife.com

This Website is devoted exclusively to the adventures of an entire Teddy family.

And this this wikiHOW tells you how to make the perfect life for your teddy bear in twelve easy steps.

What about you? What makes you feel young and playful?

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House Party and an Author Q&A

 

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Hey, ya’ll. I’m over at my friend, author Jansen Schmidt’s place today tearing things up talking about writing AND GIVING AWAY A COPY OF MY NEW BOOK! Hop on over, drop a comment, and enter to win.

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Meet Sassy Chance

Janni Nell HeadshotToday’s guest hails all the way from Sydney, Australia.  Janni Nell is the author of the Allegra Fairweather humorous paranormal mystery series (available through Carina Press).

Her new series of chick lit novellas features quirky heroine, Sassy Chance, and mysterious P.I., Devlin Fox. The Bride, The Groom and Me was released August 2014. The second novella in the series, Devlin, A Date and Me, is coming soon.

When she isn’t writing, you can find her line dancing, walking the dog or working in her vegetable garden.

Janni is here today to interview Sassy Chance AND to give away a copy of Sassy’s new novel (digital copy only), THE BRIDE, THE GROOM AND ME. All you have to do to be entered to win is drop a comment in the box below.

And now, without further ado, here’s Janni (and Sassy).

Janni Nell: Welcome, Sassy. Can you tell everyone what your life was like growing up?

Sassy Chance: I was an only child in a single-parent family. Mom was always a little off-beat, so it was no surprise when she dumped me with Great-Aunt Gracie and ran off to join the circus. Poor Gracie. I was fifteen and well on my way to turning rebellion into an art form. But I hadn’t counted on how tough my great-aunt could be. I’ll always be grateful that she never gave up on me. If I amount to anything in life, it’s all down to her.

JN: Is Sassy your real name?

SC: Unfortunately, yes. My mom is off-beat, remember? I think she was hoping I’d live up to it. I’m sure I’ve disappointed her.

JN: You also have an interesting middle name. Would you like to tell us a bit more about that?

SC: Well, I don’t talk about it much. People think I’m kidding. Or worse, they laugh. My middle name is actually my mom’s maiden name. So…um…I guess you want me to tell the folks what it is. Sorry, not gonna happen. I don’t feel like being laughed at today.

JN: Who is your best friend?

SC: Amber Vincent has been my best friend since high school. The only thing that ever threatened to come between us was Ben O’Reilly. She got engaged to him. I didn’t.

JN: How would you describe your personality?

SC: Oh, I don’t know… Amber says I’m brave, caring and loyal, but she’s just being nice.

JN: Do you have a motto or code you live by?

SC: Back in high school, when things went wrong, Amber and I used to say, “Tomorrow is a leap of faith. Only the brave win.” We still say that today.

JN: What one thing would you take to a deserted island?

SC: Since Devlin is a person not a thing, I guess I can’t say him, so it would have to be my favorite pair of designer shoes. I know, I know, they’d be totally useless. But they’re pretty and they remind me of Great-Aunt Gracie.

JN: Where would you go on vacation?

SC: Anywhere I could afford. So there won’t be any vacations in my immediate future.

JN: What is your most distinguishing characteristic?

SC: Even when things get really bad, I refuse to give up. Just look at what I did to find Amber’s wedding ring in The Bride, The Groom and Me.

JN: What is your major skill or talent?

SC: This is kind of depressing, but my only real talent is for getting in trouble. I mean I just seem to attract it. The Queen of Bad Luck, that’s me.

JN: Do you have any hobbies?

SC: Not unless you count shopping.

JN: You sell shoes, if you had to pick another career, what would it be?

SC: Don’t tell Devlin, but I’d like to do what he does. He’s a sort of P.I.—unlicensed—and he’s great at martial arts. Of course, I have no skills that would be useful for a P.I. and as for martial arts… Don’t make me laugh. I trip over my own feet.

JN: What’s your favorite color?

SC: I like most colors. I don’t really have a favorite.

JN: Favorite food?

SC: Salad. That’s weird, right?

JN: Who do you love?

SC: Lots of people. My late Great-Aunt Gracie, Amber, her fiancé Ben—oops I probably shouldn’t mention him. Next question.

JN: What are your future plans?

SC: My immediate future will involve looking for another job. Knowing my luck, things won’t go smoothly.

JN: Thanks for dropping by, Sassy. I hope things turn out better than you think.

Janni Nell Book Cover

Sassy Chance, a shoe sales clerk from San Francisco, is thrilled to be her best friend’s maid of honour. Too bad Sassy is in love with the groom. If that’s not bad enough Sassy is mugged and the heirloom, one-of-a-kind wedding ring is stolen.

Enter martial arts expert Devlin Fox. After saving Sassy from the muggers, Devlin feels compelled—for reasons even he doesn’t understand—to help her search for the ring.

With only days until the wedding, their chance of finding it is slim to zero. Looks like Sassy is going to ruin her friend’s perfect day. Oh, and she’s still in love with the groom.

The Bride, The Groom and Me now available at:
Amazon           Kobo             iBooks

To learn more about Janni, visit here at www.janninell.com . Or find her on:
Twitter
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Writer: Unboxed

My dream dinner date. Photo courtesy of Google Images

My dream dinner date. Photo courtesy of Google Images

If you could have dinner with any author, dead or alive, who would it be? Today I’m talking outside the box with my friend, author Yvonne Kohano, about who I would invite over for dinner, what I would serve, and a few more crazy writing-related topics.

To read the full post, CLICK HERE …

 

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Debut-tante for a Day

I went for years not finishing anything. Because, of course, when you finish something you can be judged. Erica Jong

Today is the day I’ve been waiting my whole life for. It’s not just release day for my debut novel, though it is that (toots horn and throws confetti). It’s not Christmas, my birthday, or the 4th of July. It’s more than that. It’s more than all of those combined, even.

Today is the day I tell the world that I’ve finally discovered my purpose. That this, this, is what I was was meant to do with my life. It’s not about money, it’s not about celebrity. It’s about the satisfaction of reading a good book. The kind of book you cant put down. The kind of book that you never want to end, and at the same time you just have to know what happens. The kind of book that makes you think about the characters long after it ends.

The kind of book every writer dreams of writing.

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The Many Lives of June Crandall has been three years and four drafts in the making. Since I started writing it, a lot has happened in the world. A lot has happened in my world. And yours, I’m sure. It’s been an exciting time. And an anxiety-ridden time. But mostly, it’s been a time filled with more joy than I ever knew existed.

I’ve laughed, I’ve cried, I’ve cursed. I’ve learned what it means to make my characters suffer, and I’ve cried their tears. I’ve also rejoiced in their good fortunes. And I’ve grown. Both as a writer and a person.

I’ve learned what it’s like to hold someone’s destiny in my own two hands. To know that, with my words—my words—I can make them or break them. I brought them into existence, and I can take them out.

It’s humbling. It’s exhilarating. It’s FUN!

Writing The Many Lives of June Crandall has been a long, emotion-packed journey. I’ve labored for three years, and now it is time for me to place my baby in the into the hands of the world.

In preparation for this, my debut release, I’ve grown thick skin. I’ve bought a few extra pairs of big girl panties. I’ve prepared myself as much as possible for the ride to come. A ride that I hope you’ll take the ride with me.

What about you? Have you found your purpose in life? If you write, what motivates you?

THE MANY LIVES OF JUNE CRANDALL IS AVAILABLE NOW. CLICK HERE TO BUY.

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Love, Murder and a Happily Ever After

Leslie Langry HeadshotMy last guest on the Great Blog Takeover is Leslie Langtry, author of The Bombay Family of Assassins’ darkly funny mysteries including ‘SCUSE ME WHILE I KILL THIS GUY. Her latest book, SEX, LIES & FAMILY VACATIONS, is a romantic comedy. Leslie lives in the Midwest with her family and an obnoxious number of pets.

Leslie is here to make you laugh talk to you about how she fell in love with romance novels. And to make you laugh. And so, without further ado, here’s Leslie.

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Thank you Suzanne for having me today!  In honor of this event – I’m giving away copies of two of my books; ‘SCUSE ME WHILE I KILL THIS GUY, and SEX, LIES & FAMILY VACATIONS to two of you who comment today.

I love romance.  I didn’t come to it like most of the girls I knew who read Judy Blume’s FOREVER and were hooked from the start.  I was a weird kid who read UNCLE TOM’S CABIN in middle school study hall. In fact, the teacher running study hall once came up and grabbed my copy of CRIME AND PUNISHMENT, accusing me of hiding a romance novel between the covers of the classic.  BTW – I wasn’t. I was just a geek.

My friends read 500 page books they called ‘bodice rippers.’  They had titles with words like ‘Ravish’ and ‘Lust’ in the titles, and the heroes had names like ‘Rafe’ and ‘Storm.’ But I didn’t read them either.  It wasn’t that I was a snob, it was just that they didn’t interest me…and I was kind of weird. Okay, a lot weird.

My Mom remarried about that time. My Stepfather was awesome. But he didn’t know much about what girls my age liked. So one weekend, when he was at a used bookstore, he found a box of books he thought were perfect for me.  He brought them home and handed them over. It was a bunch of vintage Harlequin romances from the ‘60’s.

I didn’t know what to do with them and I didn’t want to hurt his feelings, so I read them.  Which lead to reading more of them.  Probably hundreds – I’m not sure.  I liked these short, modern day novels where women had jobs and didn’t wear 300lbs of clothing.

But I still didn’t read a lot of romance. I went through the usual Golden Age of Science Fiction (which is age 13, in case you’re wondering) and mainlined Agatha Christie like a junkie after experiencing the gateway drug –  Nancy Drew. And I still read classics.

What I didn’t realize was that I was reading romance, in the form of LONESOME DOVE, ANNA KARENINA AND GONE WITH THE WIND.

It wasn’t until my 30’s that I really started discovering romance books. And when I attempted to write my first book – it was a historical romance. It sucked by the way. So did the next three.  No one will ever, ever see them.  I’m not kidding.

I joined Romance Writers of America and realized I’d been missing out on about a million amazing books. I also learned that I needed to write my own books my own way. Which is how I ended up writing and selling ‘SCUSE ME WHILE I KILL THIS GUY – a comic/romance/mystery novel about a woman who’s in the family business, which just happens to be assassination.  This led to other Bombay books.

A few years back, I wanted to try my hand at writing a really, emotionally intense romance that didn’t include people killing each other or some strange mystery. So, I wrote what became SEX,LIES & FAMILY VACATIONS.  It’s different from other books in the genre, because the main characters are in failing marriages when they find each other on vacation at a theme park. But then, I’m not sure I could write a normal book. My stuff will probably always be a little strange.

Since then, I’ve focused on my romance reading education. Unfortunately, there’s not enough time to read everything I want to and I still like mystery, sci-fi, history, etc. But I’m getting there!

What was your introduction to romance novels?

Leslie Langtry
Author of THE BOMBAY FAMILY OF ASSASSINS Series & SEX, LIES & FAMILY VACATIONS out now!

Author of the YA Horror series as Max Deimos – HANGING TREE TALES – HELL HOUSE out now! WITCH HILL coming soon!
To learn more about Leslie, visit her website at: http://www.leslielangtry.com/about-leslie.html
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